Last month, I was contacted by the Microsoft Connects team and asked if I would like to trial the Nokia Lumia 930. I was instantly intrigued. I’ve never featured anything like this on my blog before but I’m always looking to try different things — plus I love playing around with new gadgets so I just couldn’t say no!
When the phone arrived and I first took it out of the box, I was instantly impressed with its sleek design. It looks good and feels so smooth and comfortable to hold. With a 5 inch HD screen and weighing in at 167g, it’s a big phone. For me, it’s a bit heavier than I’d like. Compared to my own phone (a 146g Sony Xperia Z ) or my boyfriend’s Samsung Galaxy S5 (145g); there’s a fair bit of difference. On the plus side, it’s this weight — along with its solid aluminium frame — that gives the phone a sturdy and durable feel.
This model comes in four different colours — black, white, green and orange. I have to say; the neon colours don’t really appeal to me but I imagine some people would love them — it just depends on your personal taste (I’m clearly a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to phone colours!).
Like a lot of people these days; I use my phone for its camera and apps as much as I do for phone calls and texting. Since I was only holding on to the phone for two weeks, I only downloaded my two favourites — Twitter and Instagram. I had no problems using either apps for the duration of my trial. They display differently to my own phone but it was easy to adjust. The Lumia 930 also comes with a few cool and useful apps such as Office, personalised radio station Mix Radio and personal assistant Cortana (my bf informed me it’s named after a character from Halo, I wouldn’t have had a clue otherwise!).
My absolute favourite feature of this phone has to be its camera. The 20 MP main camera promises high quality pictures which is pretty much a blogger’s dream! The front facing camera is 1.2 MP which is really just okay but the main camera makes up for that. What I love as well is that there’s a specific button on the side to open up the camera in an instant — perfect for all those quick pics and sneaky snaps!
While there’s no slot for SD cards, the Lumia 930 comes with 32 GB internal storage and free Cloud storage up to 15 GB. The battery life is decent enough — really it depends on how much you’re using it, as is the case with all phones. Speaking of which; I have to mention that I’ve never used a smartphone that didn’t seriously heat up within thirty minutes of continuous use and the Lumia 930 is no exception. However, I’ve always found that once the phone has a cover on it, it’s fine so it’s not a huge issue and certainly not one that’s restricted to Lumias — I just wish all phone manufacturers could invent phones that don’t heat up in this way!
Overall, I enjoyed trialling the Lumia 930. I’ve found that it can hold its own against any other phone and I’ve come to think that this particular model would really suit any arty creative types. Has anyone else tried this phone? Out of curiosity, what kind of phones does everyone have/like? Leave a comment below and let’s compare!
Please note: As stated above, I was sent this device for a two week trial. All opinions expressed are, as always, 100% my own. Also total coincidence but it just so happens that Nokia is celebrating 150 years this week so happy birthday Nokia!